What is Chronic Fatigue?


Chronic Fatigue is also called Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Up to 7 million people are afflicted with CFIDS in this country alone. Accurate statistics are difficult to obtain due to the difficulty in diagnosing this condition. As many as 15 million Americans have fatigue-related issues, sometimes called Unrelenting Fatigue, without a diagnosis of CFIDS. The incidence of Chronic Fatigue is increasing steadily since the early 1980’s. This may be due to better recognition and detection, but is more likely due to the underlying causes becoming more predominant or severe.

Chronic Fatigue is a debilitating condition marked with extreme exhaustion and fatigue. Until recent years, the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue was viewed as a psychological disorder, if you could even get a physician to believe it existed. The current diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue is mostly based on symptom recognition and physical exam, although there are a number of tests that are useful in determining the underlying causes. Treatment up to this time has been mostly symptom control. Many still believe it is a psychological disorder and relegate all patients to drug treatments. However, new understanding of Chronic Fatigue allows treatment of the underlying causes, thus resulting in a cure for many patients.

There is Hope for the tired and hurting.